Hero (Yimou Zhang – 2002) A

12/10/2004 – Holy crap! This was one pleasant surprise. I thought I hated Jet Li and his dumb one liners, but here he so works and he has no one liners. This is one gorgeous piece of film making with breathtaking sets, locations, costumes and choreography. The Rashomon-esque story is very good as well, but really, I can watch this one with the subtitles turned off and I’ll still enjoy it.

Love Actually (Richard Curtis – 2003) A-

11/27/2004 – Maybe it is a chick flick, predictable, very sweet, unrealistic and improbable (The British Premier looking for his Cinderella on X-mas eve. hmmmm…??!!). It is also very well written, filled with well defined characters, impeccably performed, funny and warm. So there, this one is a favorite “romantic comedy” of ours.